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Atmospheric or Aerial Perspective

a Renaissance technique gives a sense of distance. The further from the viewer the object was placed, the hazier and grayer it became. (due to dust particles and water vapor)

Block Books

woodcuts combining image and text into books


placing of the body in the tomb


two panel paintings

Disguised Symbolism

A Northern Renaissance technique of giving a spiritual meaning to ordinary objects in the painting, so these detail can carry the spiritual message

Dry Point

printmaking where the design is scratched into the steel plate with a hard, steel tool


a set of prints created from a single print surface.

Egg Tempera

egg combined with a wet paste of ground pigment


V- shaped grooves are cut into a metal plate with a tool balled a burin. The ink is then rubbed into the grooves, the surface of the plate is wiped then printed unto wet paper, which picks up the image


an acid bath eats into the exposed parts of a plate where the where the artist has drawn through the acid resistant coating


plaster mixed with a binding material


a thin film of transparent oil

Graphic Art

is related to printmaking-engraving, etching, lithography, serigraphy and woodcut. All these images can produce multiple copies


fine lines are cut or drawn close together to create the effect of shading


creamy, heavy bodied paint


the artist incises or scratches an image on a metal plate


printing with movable type

Linear Perspective

a technique which made it possible to represent three dimensional objects on a flat surface in a systematic way, so that all the lines receding at right angles on the picture plane converge at a vanishing point on the horizon



Oil paint

paint pigments mixed in a viscous, slow-drying oil medium which dries by oxidation and blends easily. It can be used as a glaze or a heavy impasto


(usually hinged wood) multipaneled paintings


carving into the surface of a block and removing the negative space so the image is raised.


the Spanish word for altarpiece. A decorative screen set behind an altar


a round building usually with a dome


softened outline which results in a smoky haze


three panel painting


the carving of a woodblock so the background is removed. The raised image is inked with a roller and then put through a press

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